Foreign Affairs Speakers Program

Former ambassador to speak at ASU

By Brit Raley
On February 15, 2018

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Dr. Jack Matlock

The Foreign Affairs Speakers Program prepares for its fourteenth annual public lecture on Feb. 22 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

Dr. Jack Matlock, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and special assistant to the President, will speak on the subject of The Cold War with Russia: How Did We Get Here? at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Matlock was the ambassador to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War during the Reagan administration, Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, college of arts and humanities dean and FASP committee chair, said.

Matlock’s lecture is timely with the US at a place of tension with Russia again, Gascoigne said.

"It is not every day that you get to hear a former U.S. Ambassador and presidential assistant speak," Evelyn Burch, a junior political science major and a student representative on the FASP committee, said.

Matlock will talk about both the US and Russian influences in the two countries’ elections, Gascoigne said.

"He will contextualize the historical perspective of this interesting relationship that these two countries have," Gascoigne said.

This free public lecture is not just for certain majors, but open to all.

Gascoigne said it would make sense that these events would be geared towards history majors, political science majors and security studies majors, but she hopes that anybody who is interested in what’s going on today would want to come.

"Learning ‘how we got here’ from Dr. Matlock’s public lecture should be important to everyone," Burch said.

"As Americans, we do not typically think that foreign affairs impact our daily lives, but as I’m sure we will learn from Dr. Matlock, even international considerations have a way of reaching the individual level," Burch said.

The FASP was created in 2003 with the purpose to expose students to international affairs through a speaking event every year with at least one speaker.

"These events allow students, faculty, staff and the community to listen to, learn from and interact with leaders, experts and scholars who have influenced U.S. foreign affairs," Burch said.

"[The FASP is] a way of getting high level speakers to campus to interact with ASU students," Gascoigne said.

"My favorite part about the program is interacting with incredible people who have influenced U.S. foreign policy and foreign affairs from the inside," Burch said.

"I hope that students every year, this year in particular, would walk away with a peaked interest in international affairs, and maybe even spark an interest to travel," Gascoigne said.

Matlock will speak for an hour, then there will be time for Q&A afterwards, and cookies will also be provided at the end, Gascoigne said.

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